I am going to build two removable racks on the bottom and one that sits on the main racks for a second level
One big question I have is how far up from the bottom do I want my fire tray to leave enough room for ash?
the size of the box gives me about 118% of suggested. this is Way better than the 58% that the 20x20x20 that I had built. it was an expensive lesson before i knew about the calculator. I kept it short so that I would have pleanty of clearance when hooked up to the truck.
I have a question as I am progeressing.
reading another build thread http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/161589/designing-a-reverse-flow-horizontal-to-vertical-smoker I came across the concept of puting the stack down into the cooker to crate a smokier enviornment, this brought up the question of the length of the stack. I was always assuming that if I need a 36 in length that it had to be from the top, but someone said that the measurment is from the fire. so if the start of the stack is at the top of my smoker and the fire level is 20 inches below the top of the start of the stack do i only need 16" of pipe sticking out the top?????
here is the link to the actual build calculator number I am working with I actually need 38" of chimney
[url=http://feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html?cc=30,60,0,0,0,0,42390.00,14130.00&fb=22,26,26,0,0,14872.00,14130.00,105.3&ch=5,743.60,37.89&fi=0,0,0,44.62,0&fc=12.31,17.40,118.98]Link to BBQ Pit Calculator[/url]
second question of the day......When do you test fire. Before or after paint???
My thought is that if I wait untill after paint and things are not working up to snuff and need to make mods it will be a lot harder to keep it looking nice
I tested mine after paint, (because I listened to Dave, SQWIB and Ribwizzard throughout my build) everything thing worked perfectly). I do want to make some changes that will require a paint touch up but they are all cosmetic changes. Also if you can spray it with a spray gun, not rattle cans, I tried cans first didn't like the finish so re sprayed it with a spray gun.
Also on the height of your fire grate in your FB, consider placing fire bricks in the bottom (before measuring) to avoid burnout or at least slow it down a bunch. I used 1/2 bricks from home depot, they are only about 3/4" high.
your build look good so far! !